Before it became known as the ‘idiot box,’

television was seen as the best hope for bringing enlightenment to the people. A whole generation learned classical music from watching old cartoons

Tom and Jerry share the fiercest rivalry of any two cartoon characters on television. By hammering the keys to Liszt’s legendary composition, the piano becomes an unlikely weapon in the hilarious brawl – an iconic moment that pianist Yannie Tan couldn’t resist reenacting.

We should honor animation’s major contributions to our culture literacy: a mass musical education by cartoon.

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